Tagged with English Language

Imagery: Beyond “Show Don’t Tell”


I am sure that if you have attended any creative writing courses at all , you have heard the old addage “Show, don’t tell.”  This is referring to the idea that amateur writers often tell us about the action in their narrative rather than “showing” events through imagery, figurative language and good description.  Over the … Continue reading

Deus Ex Machina: God Is Not A Crutch


Breaking Dawn is one of Stephanie Meyer’s most popular books, but it has within its pages a literary device that is something good writers should learn to use properly: deus ex machina. Deus ex machina is defined by my handy Dictionary of Literary Terms & Theory (Penguin) as: “any unanticipated intervener who resolves a difficult … Continue reading

Signs In China: Keep Off the Grass


I spent 5 weeks in China last summer and I miss it.  I decided that this week I would post pictures of signs that I saw in that wonderful country. These signs are attempts at English that turn out to be utter failures, or like the one below, have a certain elegance.  It seems to … Continue reading